Posts Tagged NLRB

It seems that everyone wants a seat at the table these days, including college athletes. However, it’s not the boardroom table where they want a voice and a vote. It’s at the bargaining table.  

March 30, 2015



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Minimize Potential Liability with Social Media

By Allen Smith  3/23/2015

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March 24, 2015

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 


HR Executives Favor Greater Salary Transparency

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  2/2/2015

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February 3, 2015

When many of us in the HR world think of Labor Day, we now think of the NLRB.  For most of us, I would not say the visceral thoughts are warm and with admiration.

So, for Labor Day, let’s not think of the National Labor Relations Board.   Let’s think of its purpose.

Labor Day has its origins in the labor movement. In 1894, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike.  However, its purpose, I believe, is to pay tribute to the contributions and accomplishments of all American workers.

September 1, 2014

In a move that could have a dramatic impact on numerous businesses across the country, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin announced on July 29, 2014, that his office intends to name a parent franchisor as a respondent in cases involving alleged unfair labor practices committed by franchisees, if the parties are unable to reach a settlement.  According to the General Counsel, the agency is investigating the various charges

August 1, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued on its quest to knock overbroad language out of employee handbooks in an April 2, 2014, decision involving a transit company. The board found that a personal conduct handbook policy was worded too broadly and impinged on employees’ right to protected concerted activity.
The personal conduct rule prohibited “discourteous or inappropriate attitude or behavior to passengers, other employees or members of the public, as well as disorderly conduct during working hours.”
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April 16, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) once again is proposing “quickie election” rules to streamline the union campaign period, the board announced Feb. 5, 2014.

A court struck down previous quickie-election rules because the board did not have a quorum when it originally proposed such rules, three years ago. But now it does.

Identical Proposal

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March 5, 2014

Now that the government shutdown has finally ended, federal agencies have been fielding questions about adjusted filing deadlines and procedures.

October 22, 2013

The upcoming Supreme Court term promises a series of significant decisions for employers. The high court will hear at least eight workplace-related cases.

ADEA: Will the Court Tire of Administrative Exhaustion?

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October 8, 2013

Just when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seemed to have been resuscitated by the appointment of five members, along comes the government shutdown, shuttering the board.

The shutdown will result in the:

  • Tolling of time for filing documents, including briefs and appeals.
  • Postponement of unfair-labor-practice hearings before administrative law judges.
  • Postponement of representation elections and hearings.

The six-month statute of limitations remains in effect for the filing of unfair-labor-practice charges, the board also noted.

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October 2, 2013

There was a time when employees had few protections and were subject to abuses by unregulated management.  For example:

September 4, 2013

In yet another decision likely to face resistance from employers if appealed to the federal circuit courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 30, 2012, ruled that the common employer practice of prohibiting employees from discussing ongoing investigations violates employees’ right under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to engage in concerted activity. The ruling applies to union and nonunion employers since both are covered by the NLRA’s protection of concerted activity among any employees.

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August 17, 2012

HR heads are still spinning as they try to digest what the National Labor Relations Board has tried to accomplish this year.

The Acting General Counsel has issued confusing reports on social media. The Board has also attempted to create quickie union elections, and require companies to abide by a union-poster rule. Why, just a few weeks ago, the Board ruled that an "at will" provision in an employee handbook may violate the National Labor Relations Act. That one is still a head-scratcher for me.

August 10, 2012

Many employers have rules that prohibit employees from returning to work while they are not on duty.  These rules are designed to keep order but they also have the effect of limiting employee access to engage in union activity while off duty.

The NLRB has long held that a rule barring off-duty employees access to the workplace is valid only if:

August 1, 2012

In a May 30, 2012, report whose guidance is likely to be challenged in the courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cautioned that it believes that numerous common clauses in social media policies violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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June 12, 2012